Henke, Holger

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Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  University of the West Indies (Mona)  Political Science  1996 
MA  University of Munich  Political Science (minor in Communications Sciences and Modern German Literature)  1987 

Holger Henke studies international relations (Caribbean, Europe, USA, and Asia), migration, political culture and development (political economy). He has published six books and numerous scholarly articles. He is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas.  In 2010-11 he served as the President of the Caribbean Studies Association.  Henke is also an Advisory Board member of the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College (CUNY) where he previously had worked as assistant director, and served - from 2007-2012 - as a Senior Research Fellow of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington (D.C.). Since 2011, he is a reviewer for annual reports on several Caribbean countries for the think tank Freedom House. In 2013 he received a Fulbright International Education Administrators (US/United Kingdom) award.

Areas of Expertise

International Relations (Caribbean, Europe, United States)
International Political Economy
Migration (Caribbean, United States, Europe)

Books in Field Of Expertise

Holger Henke & Ian Boxill (eds.). The End of the “Asian Model”?. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2000. .

Holger Henke. Between Self-Determination and Dependency: Jamaica’s Foreign Relations, 1972-1989. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2000. .

Holger Henke. The West Indian Americans. Westport (CT): Greenwood Press, 2001. .

Holger Henke & Fred Reno (eds.). Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2003. .

Holger Henke (ed.). Crossing Over. Comparing Recent Migration in the United States and Europe. Lanham (MD): Lexington Books, 2005. .

Holger Henke & Karl-Heinz Magister (eds.). Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean. Lanham (MD): Lexington Books, 2008. .

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Holger Henke. "“‘Who’s not for us is against us’: The ‘imperial super-meaning’ of the Clinton and Bush II administrations’ policies towards Cuba”." Ideaz: An interdisciplinary social science and humanities journal creating an alternative space for alternative expression. Vol.5 2006: 3-23.

Holger Henke. "“‘Responsible for What History Will Make of It’: The Significance of the End of World War II in the Light of Past and Present Conflicts”." Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict. 2005-2006: 42-52.

Holger Henke. "“Ariel’s Ethos: On the Moral Economy of Caribbean Existence”." Cultural Critique. No.56 Winter 2004: 33-63.

Holger Henke. "“Freedom, Democracy, the State, and Class Constellations in Jamaican and Caribbean Political Culture: A Reply”." Identities: Global Studies in Power and Culture. Vol.11 No.1 January-March 2004: 113-128.

Holger Henke & J.A. George Irish. "“Relations between the Jewish and Caribbean-American Communities in New York City: Perceptions, Conflict and Cooperation”." Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diaspora. Vol.4 No.2 Summer/Fall 2001: 1-50.

Holger Henke. "“Freedom Ossified: Political Culture and the Public Use of History in Jamaica”." Identities: Global Studies in Power and Culture. Vol.8 No.3 Sept. 2001: 413-440.

Holger Henke. "“Jamaica’s Decision to Pursue a Neoliberal Development Strategy. Re-alignments in the State-Business-Class Triangle”." Latin American Perspectives. 108, No.5 Sept. 1999: 7-33.

Holger Henke. "“Between Rocks and a Hard Place: The ‘Shiprider Controversy’ and the Question of Caribbean Sovereignty”." European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. No.64 June 1998: 24-47.

Holger Henke. "“The Granite Pampa: Some Notes on the Perception of Hemispheric Flows of Migration”." Wadabagei. A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diaspora. Vol.1 No.1 Winter/Spring 1998: 85-110.

Holger Henke. "“The Rise of Industrial Asia and Its Implications for Small Developing Countries: A Perspective from the Caribbean”." Australian Journal of International Affairs. Vol.51 No.1 April 1997: 53-72.

Holger Henke. "“Towards an ontology of Caribbean existence”." Social Epistemology. Vol.11 No.1 Jan.-March 1997: 39-58.

Holger Henke. "“Commentary on Merle Jacob’s ‘Constructing cultural identity: the question of Caribbean existence’”." Social Epistemology. Vol.11 No.1 Jan.-March 1997: 69-71.

Holger Henke. "“Mapping the ‘Inner Plantation’. A Cultural Exploration of the Origins of Caribbean Local Discourse”." Social and Economic Studies. Vol.45 No.4 Dec. 1996: 51-75.

Holger Henke. "“Haiti: the Intervention and its Implications for the New World Order”." Rivista di Studi Politici Internazionali. No.252 October-December 1996: 545-556.

Holger Henke. "“On the Political Economy of North American Integration: The Perspective of the Caribbean Countries”." Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies. Vol.15 No.3&4 September & December 1996: 117-134.

Holger Henke. "“Foreign Policy and Dependency: The Case of Jamaica, 1972-1989”." Social and Economic Studies. Vol.43 No.1 March 1994: 181-223.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Holger Henke. "“Upholding Democracy?: Recent political and economic trends in post-intervention Haiti and future prospects”." Documentos de Trabajos. 29 1998: 5-15.

Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Holger Henke. "Jamaica's International Relations: Between the West ... and the Rest." Jamaica Journal. Vol.34, Nos.1-2 Sept. 2012: 2-7.

Holger Henke. ") “Stühle-Rücken am Canale Grande. US Militär vor dem Rückzug vom Kanal”." blätter des iz3w. No.242 January 2000: 8-9.

Holger Henke. "“A Historical Perspective on Alcohol/Marijuana in Caribbean-American Culture”." A College-wide Forum on Marijuana and Drinking (ed. by Edison Jackson/Kofi Lomotey/Mwalimu J. Shujaa/Eda Harris-Hastick). 2000: 11.

Holger Henke. "2) “Caribbean-American views about police violence in New York”." . 2000 : .

Holger Henke. ") “Götzendämmerung. Das Ende der Ära charismatischer Politiker im Süden”." blätter des iz3w. No.222 July 1997: 10-11.

Holger Henke. "“Mexikos karibische Konkurrenten”." blätter des iz3w. No.210 Dec./Jan. 1995/1996: 7.

Holger Henke & Seymour Douglas. "“Health Care Reform and the Caribbean American Community”." Focus. Summer 1995 Vol.8 No.2: 3-4.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Holger Henke. "George Priestley." Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Henry Louis Gates & Franklin W. Knight (eds.) 2015 (forthcoming): tbd.

Holger Henke & Karl-Heinz Magister. "“Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean”." Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean. Holger Henke & Karl-Heinz Magister (eds.) 2008: xv-xxiii.

Holger Henke. "“George William Gordon (1820-1865)”." The Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Trans-Atlantic World. Junius P. Rodriguez (ed.) 2007: .

Holger Henke. ") “Brooklyn Babylon”: The Reproduction, Reinvention, and Consumption of Cosmological and Epistemological Space in New York City”." CinematoGraphies: Fictional Strategies and Visual Discourses in 1990s’ New York. Günter H. Lenz, Dorothea Löbbermann, and Karl-Heinz Magister (eds.) 2006: 161-189.

Holger Henke. "“Comparing Recent Migration in the US and Europe,." Crossing Over. Comparing Recent Migration in the United States and Europe. Holger Henke (ed.) 2005: 1-19.

Holger Henke. "“British Honduras/Belize,”." Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia. Will Kaufman & Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson (eds.) 2005: 183-185.

Holger Henke & Fred Reno. "“Politics and Culture in the Caribbean”." Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean. Holger Henke and Fred Reno (eds.) 2003: xi-xxii.

Holger Henke & Don Marshall. "“The Legitimacy of Neo-Liberal Trade Regimes in the Caribbean: Issues of ‘Race,’ Class, and Gender”." Living at the Borderlines: Issues in Caribbean Sovereignty and Development. Cynthia Barrow-Giles and Don D. Marshall (eds.) 2003: 118-164.

Holger Henke & Ian Boxill. "“The Asian ‘Model’ in Crisis and the Transferability of Development Experiences”." The End of the ‘Asian Model’?. Holger Henke & Ian Boxill eds.) 2000: 199-210.

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

"“Any Time is Trinidad Time. Social Meanings and Temporal Consciousness” by Kevin Birth, in: Wadabagei. A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diaspora, Vol.4 No.1" Winter/Spring 2001: 137-141.

"“Caribbean Connections. Moving North” by Catherine A. Sunshine and Keith Q. Warner (eds.), in: Wadabagei. A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diaspora" Winter/Spring 1999: 191-194.

"“Caribbean Circuits” by Patricia Pessar (ed.), in: Wadabagei. A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diaspora" Summer/Fall 1998: 141-145.


Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Fulbright Scholarship Program, International Education Administrators (UK): Visit to 11 of the top 20 UK universities: August 2013.

Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE): June 2014.


Heinrich Böll Foundation, A joint symposium between Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Nov. 16, 2009: $15,000.

Rockefeller Foundation, Fellowship at Institute for Research of the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at The Graduate Center (CUNY). Fall semester 2002: $17,000.

CUNY – Caribbean Exchange Program, Field research in Barbados. 2001: $1,600.

CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium and William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation, Pilot study on “Jewish and Caribbean-American relations in New York City: Perceptions, Conflict, and Search for Solutions”. 2000: $4,000.

CUNY, Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, For the development of Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diaspora. 2000: $10,000.

Offices Held In Professional Societies

President, Caribbean Studies Association: 2010-2011.

Vice-President, Caribbean Studies Association: 2009-2010.

Council member, Caribbean Studies Association (editor for the newsletter of the Caribbean Studies Association): May 2002 - 2009.

Advisory Board member, Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/digital/collections/dloc/: April 2006 - May 2008.

Advisory Board member, Brooklyn College Library “The Caribbean Collection: An Archival Survey of the Records of the Jamaican and Trinidadian Communities of Brooklyn,”: March 2001 - August 2003.

Advisory Board member, Ideaz Institute for Intercultural and Comparative Research (Vienna, Austria), http://www.ideaz-institute.com: since October 2005.

Program Chair, Symposium “History and Future of Caribbean Migration,” Medgar Evers College (CUNY): November 17, 2001.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Advisory Board member, Caribbean Research Center (Medgar Evers College - CUNY): since 2011.

Senior Research Fellow, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), Washington, D.C.: January 2007 - April 2012.

Senior Fellow, Caribbean Research Center (Medgar Evers College – CUNY): since September 2002.

Wadabagei. A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas: Assistant Editor (1997-2003), Editor (since 2004).

Special Assistant to Dr. Alexander G. Friedrich (Ret. UN Executive Secretary), organizer of the conference “Regional Cooperation Worldwide,” U.W.I./ CARICOM/CDB/CAIC: 1989/90.

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